Friday, February 04, 2011

Korean Schoolgirl Shirt

And my second project for the week….

When I saw this fabric in the ‘80s vintage pile in York I just HAD to buy it. There was only a metre left and parts of it were yellowed and dirty, but no matter! I could not resist the cuteness of the little sailboats. A good wash and it was as good as new!

Once it came time to cut, I realised I didn’t have enough fabric for the pattern I drafted. My mind was really set on this particular design, in this particular fabric, so I thought long and hard about a solution. Finally, I figured that cutting the sleeves as separate pieces would allow me squeeze the most out of the fabric. Never in my life have I been so efficient! I think I had like 10 square centimetres left over.

My vision was of a loose-fitting, kimono-sleeve shirt – an ‘80s classic. Unfortunately, I realised that my initial design looked more like dentist scrubs than a hipster shirt (see mock-up version bellow).

In this situation, you must listen to your fabric. The fabric told me to exaggerate the kimono sleeves and add a Korean school girl collar. Of course, at this point, none of the original fabric was left so I chose to make it in black. I wasn’t sure at first, but the more I look at it, the more I find the contrast adds to the design.


  1. Hello - I just wanted to thank you for the comment you left on the Sew Weekly blog. I followed it through to the Ted Talks link you left ... I cannot thank you enough for sharing the link. I think it puts an end to the debate about the whole copying garments thing. Again, thank you. Carolina

  2. That is a gorgeous blouse and you look so pretty wearing it. I love it teamed with the mustard cardigan and red lipstick. (I just heard that mustard and red are two of the key colours this season or next season or whenever it is.)


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